In light of the CFP Championship that ended with Clemson’s victory over Alabama, 35-31 (yes, we were on the edge of our seats too!). We think it’s the perfect time to share our Stadium Desk with you! We were contacted by Mike in November of 2016. He had a special project he needed our help on and we jumped at the opportunity to be a part of such an unique piece. He had wood from the original Clemson Stadium! Mike was Clemson Alumni and he was lucky enough to be leaving college as they were replacing the original cedar wood stadium seating with aluminum, just in time to leave with some of the cedar wood.
The original Clemson Memorial Stadium was built in 1941-1942 to meet the demand of new found fans that were flocking to Frank Howard Field to watch the Fighting Tigers in action. Against the judgment of late coach Jess Neely, Clemson decided to go through with building their new stadium to seat 20,500 fans. In 1942, I would imagine they’d never dream of needing more seating. However, by 1958 they were expanding again and by 1972 they were switching out their cedar wood bleachers with aluminum.
Mike was able to snag some beautiful pieces of wood and originally used them to build a Trestle Table which was in use just before his move to Pensacola in 2016. He knew he wanted to use the wood for something just right and when he settled in Pensacola, he knew he needed a desk. Thankfully, that’s where Renaissance Man Inc came in!
Kevin got right to work on designing a functional desk for Mike that held a lot of sentimental value. With a few meeting of the minds, Kevin and Cleland got right to work and between Kevin’s way with metal and Cleland’s extensive cabinetry knowledge they created a timeless piece that many will admire for years to come.
As I touched the smooth wood and thought of all the memories it held, I couldn’t help but wonder what came of the other Cedar wood? I hope it found a great new purpose like Mike’s.